Many of you may have read a letter send out to the members of our community, about a new program to help us regarding the many meshulachim who visit our city, to collect for a myriad of causes, some for private causes and others for various types of organizations. It is a privilege to give tzedakah. However sometimes we are concerned about the authenticity of the individual collecting or maybe even the institution that they claim to represent. For the last handful of years Rabbi Baruch Hirschfeld had taken the responsibility to verify the meshulachim’s credentials and then issue a letter for them to use when collecting. I personally want to thank Rabbi Hirrschfeld for all the time and effort he put into this project for the sake of helping out our community.
We are now building on Rabbi Hirschfeld’s accomplishments by expanding this program and making it more efficient and professional. Rabbi Zev Meisels will be running this program. He will conduct the necessary checking and will provide a laminated signed and sealed letter which will include a photo I.D. as well. Rabbi Meisels will have access to a very updated data base of information that will help him process the many requests that he will receive. I am very excited about this new enhanced system, and I think you will see the benefits. I would recommend that when you are approached for a donation that you encourage those visiting you to obtain that letter. It will help standardize this program, and weed out the hopefully very infrequent individuals who do not deserve our financial support.
This Shabbos we will continue our series on minhagim and halacha with a focus on traditions of a bris and baby naming. Please join us.
Lastly, on Shavuos the yizkor appeal at the Stone Synagogue was for our kollel. If you made a pledge and did not yet redeem it, please do so at your earliest convenience. Please make the check out directly to “Kollel of Young Israel”, and send it to the shule or to me.
Have a great Shabbos.